…stories are why I sew. Personal sewing gives a garment an inescapable story, with an inherent narrative that pulls you along to the next bit: where I found the fabric and the pattern, and how long they waited to be made; how difficult or easy it was to put together…how it turned out, and so on.
And we all know how I like narrative. If you think about it, our lives are stories (“I was born, I grew up, I made some clothes…”). We dream in narrative, it’s so ingrained. So no wonder the J. Peterman catalog resonated when I was 14, and no wonder I like making my clothes.